Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Ernest Edmund Leonard, Jr.

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, May 28, 1935

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Reflections for Officer Ernest Edmund Leonard, Jr.

My uncle Ernie, a man I never knew, my Dad’s eldest brother, and sole income provider for his mother, Lily V. Leonard, and five siblings, was only a few days away from taking his bar exam when he was unfortunately killed while riding Motorcycle #13. A car not hearing his siren pulled out in front of him sideswiping his bike. He died from a fractured skull a few days after the accident. He is a true hero, dying in the line of duty. Thank you Dallas Police Dept. for remembering all our Fallen Heroes in Blue at your Memorial

Karen Leonard, Niece

August 22, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Leonard.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 31, 2021

Jesus Christ, during His Sermon on the Mount, proclaimed, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [children] of God.” [Matthew 5:9 ESV]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS, NCCA
Ordained/Licensed Independent Christian Clergy
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

February 24, 2021

Thank you for all you did to protect the citizens of Dallas Never forgotten. God bless you and your family.

Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock

May 29, 2017

Rest in Peace Motor Officer Ernest E. Leonard Jr... Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Dallas, Texas..

I Pray for Peace for your ancestors and the men and women who now serve the Dallas Police Department.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

May 27, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 28, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 77th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 28, 2012

Officer Leonard,

Rest in peace my brother in blue.

Detective Dave Howell
Plano,Texas Police Dept-Auto Theft

May 28, 2009

I spoke with Officer Leonard's family at this years Police officer Memorial Day in Dallas. His niece was in attendence as well as other family members.
I found that Officer Leonard was engaged to an "Italian" girl according to the niece at the time of his death.He also was about to take the bar exam as well.The family lived on California Street in Dallas in a house that is still there.
Unfortunantly,Officer Dieken's family,who was the second officer to be killed on number 13,the "widow maker" Harley,were not in attendence this year at the memorial.

Sr Cpl W.H. Croom,II
Dallas Police Department Motorcycles

May 21, 2006

Officer Leonard was the first of two DPD officers killed on the infamous,number"13",Harley-Davidson.
Officer Leonard was chasing a speeder on Denley Drive in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas when a elderly man sideswiped the officers motorcycle and as a result,threw the officer to the pavement where his head hit the curb. Officer Leonard died of his injuries.
The city then rebuilt the motorcycle and put it back in service with number "21" displayed on the "pedestrian cutter"on the front fender.
This motorcycle had been involved in several accidents before Leonard's and was considered unlucky by many DPD officers who refused to ride it.Many felt it was the number "13". There is no number "13" motorcycle in DPD's fleet today.
The motorcycle being considered unlucky by officers is confirmed by a Dallas Morning News article that announced the death of the young officer the next day.
See Officer Dieken's memorial for more information on these two officers deaths while riding number "13".
Officer Leonard and Dieken both lived in East Dallas..within a mile of each other.

Dallas Police Department

January 24, 2006

Today, 70 years after the death of Officer Ernest E. Leonard I would like to say, "Well done." From one old motor jockey to another, he will always be remembered as a true hero. God bless the family of this fine officer.

Patrolman Doug Hutchison
Irving Police Department, Texas, retired.

May 28, 2005

Rest in peace.

Dep. Eric Thoresen
Marion County Sheriffs Office

February 29, 2004

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